Representation is a core function for the working of educational advocacy and quality improvement.
Organising representation can be deemed important for many reasons such as:
1. Legitimacy: PhD representation is part of the bigger picture of students’ right to exercise their influence grounded by the Swedish law whenever decisions are prepared or made within the university that affect education “Studenters rätt att utöva inflytande över utbildningen vid högskolorna” (kap 1, 4a§, Högskolelag (1992:1434)) och “finns det en bestämmelse om studenternas rätt till representation när beslut fattas eller beredning sker” (kap 2, 7§, Högskoleförordning (1993:100) ). As per KTH guideline on student influence such a right to appoint representatives is bestowed to the student union (THS) also grounded in “7 § En studentkår vid en högskola får utse sådana ledamöter i styrelsen som studenterna enligt 2 kap. 4 § högskolelagen (1992:1434) har rätt att utse. En studentkår vid en högskola får också utse och entlediga sådana representanter som avses i 2 kap. 7 § högskolelagen.” Studentkårsförordning (2009:769). THS delegates such decisions to the PhD chapter embodied by its chapter meeting and its executive body the board. Having an organised and legitimate representation, helps us help you get your due time, see Dnr930-2005-0345.
2. Synergies and effectiveness: In order for PhD student influence to work, we need to be communicative in a structured way. This enables us to help each other whenever needed; exchange experiences and knowledge; lobbying effectively to address our issues by solidifying them, raising them at the right forum, venue with the right people, etc. We’ve representatives at THS highest governing bodies, different levels within KTH and different schools (See this diagram for THS/PhD chapter connections within KTH and with other student organisations).
PhD representatives are in principle elected in a bottom up approach and not uncommon being recommended via the schools’ program responsible or research education responsible.
Vacancies are announced and found: https://www.dr.kth.se/vacancies/
See our guides on representation and working: https://www.dr.kth.se/dr-governing-docs/